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Parrot fish laying eggs

I want to know whether my parrot fish is about to lay eggs. Because the shopkeeper said that she is about to lay eggs in 3 - 4 days.But I didn't see anything till now.IMG_20171004_003220_HHT.jpgIMG_20171004_003220_HHT.jpg

Behaviors? Normal or weird

I recently rescued   3 parrot fish(Larry, Moe and Curly) from Walmart.  They were in tiny tiny tank with many shark fish .  I had been fighting with this Walmart because the conditions were so horrible and one of the original 4 parrots ended up dying.

Parrot Fish Coloring

I know there are a bunch of previous posts about blood parrot color changes in these guys but of the ones I saw I couldnt find one that quite matched my situation. So when we first brought our little buddy home he still appeared relatively the same in color to what he was when we first got him. But then over the next few days we noticed he had considerably faded in color. We figured this was normal since he was simply still adjusting to his new home so we waited thinking it might take a day or two for him to warm up to the new place.

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Rare but funny behavior

I have noticed my own parrot to do this sometimes as well as when we got the guy some of his fellow tank mate parts exhibited this same behavior when they're just casually sitting there their lips will open and extend outwards. It reminds me of a characteristic of a kissing gourami but does not happen nearly as often. I was just wondering if anyone else has seem this in there parrots of maybe if my fish just is an isolated case of craziness haha.

A bully and a killer

In mid-april, I bought three young "blood parrots" from my local fish store (I use quotation marks because the two that survived only have the blood parrot color and mouth, but a very regular cichlid body).  Within the first few months, as some may remember from my previous posts, the two that were related had killed my Piebald, Sophie.  Calcifer is the main aggressor, and STILL even bullies his little brother when the mood strikes him.  I decided to buy some darting fish for him, to maybe ease his aggressive behavior toward his brother, Green Tiger Barbs (recommended by the fish store).

Eek! a LEAK!!....

In the fishkeeping hobby, there are few things as feared or panic-inducing as discovery of a leak. Be it obvious and gushing, or not, the frustration of it can be disheartening... And this is how my dealing with one went:

One night--while bedside to my tank--I found water between the lower framing and the dresser-top the tank sits upon. Knowing how sloppy it's water-changes sometimes go, I simply mopped it up and thought nothing more of it.

Then it happened...

Help!

We have had our parrot cichlids for about 5  years and I've noticed that one of the fish has a very narrow mouth and has difficulty eating. We have tried flake food, blood worms and pellets and she (who knows if it is female) can't seem to suck in the food effectively. Anybody hav any thought on how to help her or what other foods we should try?

 

Thanks!

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A Surprise While Laying [Eggs] In the [Moon] Rocks.

Well, it's been a rough few weeks since my last posting... 

Sherbet started bullying Zipper again, forcing me to remove Zipper for awhile. I then grew tired of seeing Zipper in that makeshift tank--made of a transparent storage container--and of the Iridescent Sharks as well, since all they did was swim in the corner with their noses against the glass. I wantedcto reintroduce Zipper, but I didn't want her to be nervous and always hiding, nor Sherbet to keep bullying Zipper.

It's then I realized what needed doing: Having to "break" them both!

A Surprise While Laying [Eggs] In the [Moon] Rocks.

A Surprise While Laying [Eggs] In the [Moon] Rocks.

The Return of Sherbet... And a Pairing!

For those of you whom haven't seen my videos thus-far, I will tell of what has occurred in my little community in the past two weeks.
My male Parrot Cichlid--Sherbet--had been showing off signs of aggression... Namely, attacking his own reflection in the tank's glass. I figured this as a sign that he needed a mate, and immediately got him one--Zipper, a female Parrot Cichlid that seemed barely older than another Parrot Cichlid female I once had that paired-off early.

Thinking of Adding A Flower Horn

Hello Mike,

Blood Parrot is floating upside down - Yikes!!!

For the last four days, my BP has been belly up in the tank (alive, btw). I rescued her from PetCo in August 2016. She was given to them as a fully grown BP by someone who was moving and couldn't take her with him. She was being kept in a plant tank at PetCo with ~65 degree water. THey said if you want her, take her. Anyway, she's been doing very well these past ~11 months. She's been iin a 55 gallon tank with 3 smaller tank mates.

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Home-Movies Time!....

Hello again, fellow PCF-keepers!...

Nothing much to say, just here to share my long-lost and recently found videos of the examples of our beloved species I kept in the past... as well as ones recent. What follows is a link to one of YouTube videos I recently posted showing what-all I've only spoken of in past postings here, starting with the all-so-popuilar mating dance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdm7xQXiTtk 

VERY sick fish. Please help me help her.

This is her before she became ill.  My sweetheart:

Here is a video of what she looks and acts like now:

https://youtu.be/fwuC0niCWFM

 

My piebald blood parrot cichlid, Sophie, has become extremely sick.  She was being bullied in the 40 gallon breeder, and began to show black spots and almost neurological issues such as:

Re-Planing The Tank Set-Up... Again!

It never fails...

Just when I finish getting a fish-tank how I want it, I turn-around & find myself thinking about changing some part(s) or all of it... and today was no exception:

Which parrot to separate?

 

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Gender Opinions? (Pictures included)

The blue eyed piebald is Sophie (I think female?)

The solid is Calcifer (Male?)

Calcifer has gone a bright peach on his underbelly, which seems to be male spawning colors from what I've read, and he's become very aggressive.  Sophie is a sweetheart and a homebody, tending to stay in the cave unless I offer to pet her.

 

SIDE NOTE:  Is it common for blood parrots to have those irridescant blue spots on their tails, or is it a sign of a different breed put into them?  Calcifer's have become SO blue and vibrant in the light.

Is 10 gallons ok temporarily?

Hi, we bought a baby parrot fish today as company for our adult, we took all the bogwood and caves out, rearranged them and popped the new fish in.  Sadly our original fish wouldn't leave the baby alone, she looked like she was trying to bite him (she hasn't caused any obvious injuries), it might be that she was just pushing him with her mouth, it was hard to tell but he was terrified, she was finding him everywhere he hid and chasing him out.  

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